It can be challenging to make sure that your property is completely ADA compliant. Even if you feel you have done everything that you can to make sure your building is fully accessible, there is a genuine possibility that you have missed something. Nobody wants to be faced with an ADA lawsuit, so it can be helpful to consult with an experienced ADA contractor and determine if any additional barriers should be removed.
As an ADA contractor in the industry for over 20 years, we have noticed certain hotspots among the most common ADA violations. This is a great place to start if you want to assess your compliance but getting hit by a lawsuit.
1 - Accessible Routes & Entrances
The most logical place to start is asking yourself how easy it is for a wheelchair user to enter your building. It is essential to provide at least one accessible route and entrance to your property. A common mistake people make is simply adding a ramp to the stairs at their entrance. However, there is a very strong possibility that this ramp will not meet ADA requirements. It is important to hire an experienced ADA contractor to ensure that any ramps you install are fully compliant.
2 - Parking Lots
Another common mistake that property owners make when addressing ADA compliance is in their provision of accessible parking. It seems like it should be pretty simple to allocate parking for disabled visitors, but it is more than just painting the international symbol of access on the stall. Accessible spaces need to be the appropriate width, they need an access aisle, and the access aisle needs a compliant curb ramp. On top of this, they must have the correct striping and signage. Hiring an ADA contractor will help you to plan compliant accessible parking at your property.
Restrooms are a widespread problem area when it comes to ADA compliance, simply because there are so many different requirements related to them. An ADA contractor can help you to navigate the necessary renovations to bring your restrooms up to code.
4 - Accidental Barriers
Some non-compliance issues come about due to deferred maintenance rather than non-compliant design. A typical example is where accessible parking is put in place, but due to a lack of maintenance, the signage is missing, or the striping gets worn away over time and is no longer ADA compliant. An ADA contractor can offer recurring maintenance as well as new construction.
5 - Misunderstanding of ADA Law
Something we see frequently is property owners who are confusing ADA mandates with building codes. ADA is beyond just building codes; it is designed to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities.
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